Introducing our contest winners for Spring 2017. Spring Renewal! Could there be a better theme to begin with for Fiftiness? The idea that we do spring cleaning and spring planting to create space that is clear of clutter, inspires and nurtures us. Spring brings with it a sense of renewal and so does reaching your fifties!
This contest represents part of the motivation for creating this space called Fiftiness. All of us have stories inside of us. We share our stories of struggle and triumph, success and failure, friends and foes, love and loss, fear and bravery. We applaud all of the writers who fearlessly submitted their work. Their stories are our stories, and we loved reading them.
The writer, Barbara Abercrombie, champions the importance of telling our stories. She said, “Your stories, my stories, everybody’s stories are important because whether memoir, personal essays or fiction, other people’s stories can shine a light on our own lives.”
Fiftiness aims to shine this light on women over the age of fifty living a new normal that embraces a full and whole life. We hit the light the switch with our writing. We chose to open the contest to fiction because as Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” Revealing our truths through essay and fiction is a brave thing to do, indeed. At Fiftiness, we are about living a fearless life after 50. So I applaud all of you who are sharing life’s truths, because with 50 or so trips around the sun, we’ve got plenty to share.
We thank our guest judges, Nina Sadowsky and Libby Gill, for their help in launching this contest, for their time and their wonderful books.
Drum roll please . . .
We are thrilled to present the winning entries in our Spring Contest. We’re delighted to share their work because they deserve the recognition for their stories, both of which are rich in characters and narrative.
Flash Fiction Winners:
Our first place winner in fiction is the The Truth of the Evening by Kristen Olsen.
Our second place winner in fiction is Finish the Story by Gail Webber.
Personal Essay Winners:
Our first place winner essay is Amidst the Weeds, by Jeanne Felfe
Our second place winner in essay is Why I Love Bike Commuting in Boston, by Lisa Mae Demasi